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incontrovertible

[in-kon-truh-vur-tuh-buh l, in-kon-] /ˌɪn kɒn trəˈvɜr tə bəl, ɪnˌkɒn-/
adjective
1.
not controvertible; not open to question or dispute; indisputable:
absolute and incontrovertible truth.
Origin of incontrovertible
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; in-3 + controvertible
Related forms
incontrovertibility, incontrovertibleness, noun
incontrovertibly, adverb
Synonyms
incontestable, undeniable, unquestionable.
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  • Carpenter's indictment of civilization seems to me incontrovertible.

  • If the Gulf States go, still it is their right, immemorial, incontrovertible!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • And has an incontrovertible opinion been formed as to the paternity of this tract?

  • The facts speak for themselves, and facts are incontrovertible.

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.
  • We think we have shown this fact by incontrovertible evidence.

    Guano Solon Robinson
  • The texts of the Salic law give us incontrovertible evidence.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for incontrovertible

incontrovertible

/ˌɪnkɒntrəˈvɜːtəbəl; ɪnˌkɒn-/
adjective
1.
incapable of being contradicted or disputed; undeniable
Derived Forms
incontrovertibility, incontrovertibleness, noun
incontrovertibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incontrovertible
adj.

1640s, from in- (1) "not" + controvertible (see controvert). Related: Incontrovertibly.

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